Archaeology Consultancy

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Archaeology Consultancy and Services

We are well placed to recommend the best options to manage any archaeological constraints; options that could well save time and money.  We can advise on the best methods to take when considering the potential impact upon your proposed development.  Click on the links below to find out more about Our key Archaeological services:

Desk Based Assessments (DBA) Project Management Written Schemes of Investigation


Why use our Archaeology services? We are different and stand out because we are:

  • Professionally Accredited Archaeologists, Associate Membership of Chartered Institute for Archaeology (CIfA)
  • Regionally based – being based in East Anglia, we understand the local area and have relationships with the local councils in the area – particularly in Norfolk & Suffolk.
  • Commercially aware – we work alongside our planning consultants and focus on achieving your project’s aims. We work towards successfully managing your project, by working in collaboration with the wider team: eg: ecology, heritage, flood risk and transport consultants.
  • Cost effective and provide a thorough service – we are not the cheapest, but we regularly make long term savings – by delivering a comprehensive service that fully considers the wider concerns of your development.
  • Part of a wider range of in-house planning related and specialist services – so we can refer to and exchange expertise with colleagues. This multi-disciplinary approach often saves time and costs on our clients’ projects.
  • Always looking to reduce your project timescales and costs. Our extensive experience regularly presents solutions for the archaeological requirements that aim to align with the overall site’s existing timescales.
  • Able to go to the market for field based archaeological services. By regularly reviewing the market we ensure you have the best prices and quality services that best fits your individual project’s needs.
  • One point of contact – so you have a direct point of contact with our archaeological consultant.

Who do we work with?

  • Commercial developers, architectural and construction professionals, landowners, local councils and government organisations and many more benefit from our archaeological consultancy, project management and report writing services.
  • We can also help you negotiate with local planning authorities, by providing desk-based research, or fieldwork specifically targeted to resolve your potential planning issues. If you need clarification on whether the requirements from the Council are reasonable – we can help too.
  • Our archaeological services cover East Anglia – Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire Lincolnshire & Essex and some larger projects further afield across the UK.

What are the benefits of an Archaeological Desk Based Assessment? These assessments identify the significance and potential of archaeology on the proposed development site and the potential impact that the development could have on the archaeological record. These assessments identify the need and potential for further archaeological assessment on your site and helps to set the tone and aims to reduce the need for additional archaeological services where relevant.  The work includes researching archive records and map regression and summarises what records have been found in the area.

Sometimes a DBA will rule out the need for further costly surveys and will be all that is required for your development.  Here our xperts will consult and advise accordingly and work towards reducing your development’s timescales and costs.

Archaeological Project Management:  Our Consultants carefully assess the market to appoint the best team for your development. We then oversee the work of field based archaeological services.  This could include the appointment and monitoring of:

Field Trenching Services Trial Trenching Geophysical Services Open Area Excavations


Adding value on Archaeological Projects…

Project: Thetford Sub Station.  Client:  Balfour Beatty.  Here we gained approval for a scheduled monument consent, we provided an Archaeological Desk Based Assessment (DBA) at an Anglo-Saxon Site – and also for the works requiring planning permission to the north of this Anglo-Saxon site.

This project demonstrated clever integration of the archaeological developments in line with the site’s construction phasing plan. So that the timing for the archaeological works were amended and then planned to align with construction phases of the project.  This reduced the timescales for the overall project.

Project: Watton.  Client:  Abel Homes.  Once we were appointed as the Archaeological Consultants we led and appointed the geophysical and trial trenching works for this development. Our consultant advised that additional trial trenching should be built into the contingency plans to prevent the later planned phase of work.  This prevented project delays, additional works and removed the associated additional costs – because the need for later phase of work was removed.

This analysis and decision reduced the pre-construction by some 2 months – so proved to be a cost-saving exercise for the client.


Our Technical Services include:

Geophysical Survey Trial Trenching Digital Imaging Laser Scanning



Case Studies

Archaeological Desk Based Assessment (DBA) for Former Pontins Site, Hemsby.
Archaeological and Geophysical Services
In-house Archaeological Consultancy and Topographical Surveying.
New Major Burial Site and Housing Scheme approved
Topographical Services
Planning Permission Granted for 95 Dwellings

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